Insulation

How To : Install window insulation in your basement

Just like a garage, basements can become areas where you're saying hello cold air, good-bye money! This is because when cold air fills a basement, the floor above it becomes cold and can actually lower the tempature in that room. To avoid this, you need to install proper insul ...more

How To : Replace glass due to bad insulation

Tim Carter demonstrates how to remove insulated glass panels from either side of a front door. Replacing the sidelights on the front door is possible. Just follow these steps for glass replacement. If the insulated sidelight glass panel on your front door goes bad, it can be ...more

How To : Install a skylight with proper insulation

If you plan on installing a skylight in your home, there are some rules that need to be followed. Not following them can lead to something that was poorly put together and can damage the interior of your home. So check out the tutorial for some helpful tips, pay attention, and ...more

How To : Retrofit cellulose insulation with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to retrofit cellulose insulation. Steps: 1 Locate two adjacent wall studs on an exterior wall. 2 Use utility knife to remove a shingle from the bottom of the wall; be sure the shingle falls between the two studs. 3 Use a 1 1/8 ...more

How To : Install blown-in insulation

Have you ever felt cold in your older home, even with the heat cranked? Ever feel drafts that seem to come from nowhere? And conversely, in the summer, is your home an oven? Many older houses are improperly insulated, if there is any insulation at all. This can have a large im ...more

How To : Install foam sealant insulation

Need to install some foam sealant insulation? In this tutorial, Mark Donovan of HomeAdditionPlus.com shows you how to install foam sealant installation between window and door jams. Traditionally most contractors would stuff batting insulation into jams by hand, a process that ...more

How To : Install home insulation per California Law

This informative video tutorial discusses proper installation of home insulation to obtain California energy compliance credit and pass quality inspection. This video is a must-watch for all insulation contractors working in the state of California.

How To : Do an insulation experiment

In the video we experiment with several different types of insulation, including paper towels, newspaper and aluminum foil to see which one keeps the heat in the best.

How To : Install insulation for a water heater

There are many ways that you can lose energy and heat in your home, and one of the most common ways is by the water heater. It may not seem like it, but you can lose a lot of money and energy when using your water heater. So it's important to take the necessary steps when you ...more

How To : Use a Window Insulation Kit

Winterizing your windows is a good idea. It helps you save energy and is cost effective. It can be pricey to hire a professional, but in this tutorial, you will learn how to insulate your windows yourself with a window insulation kit. Window insulation kits are easy and cheap ...more

How To : Make a Spot Welder for Cheap!

A typical resistance spot welder can range in price from about $200-$800, but with a little resourcefulness and a bit of free time, you can make one like this for about $10 or less. Before starting on this project, there are a couple of videos you should check out, because yo ...more

How To : Make a Cheap & Easy Prop Skull

Skulls. What spooky Halloween décor or staging of Hamlet is complete without a skull or two popping up? For ghoulish special effect and/or setting a dramatic scene, skulls are absolutely integral. Well, with some artistry, hardware supplies, and a good dose of patience, you ca ...more

How To : DIY Stick Welder from Old Microwave Parts

Lurking inside your old junk microwave is an abundance of useful parts that can let you melt metal, spot weld, and make electrifying Jacob's ladders. You can even make a powerful AC arc welder, perfect for making hard-to-solve puzzles and even makeshift weapons for the zombie ...more

How To : Make a Soda-Box Soda Cooler

For some reason, there's only ever one person in a group of friends that has a cooler. Every time there is a hangout or BBQ, that friend is called and has to lug his expensive, huge plastic cooler around for everyone. Not really fair, is it? What if you want to have a private ...more

How To : Protect Your Door with High Voltage

In this article, I'll show you how to create a simple yet effective way of scaring off intruders. Of course, there are methods around this approach, but it's great for office pranks and general fun. The project requires a little background knowledge in electronics and circuitr ...more

How To : Make a paper mache baby elephant

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a paper mache baby elephant. To begin, you will need a pattern, which you can find at Ultimate Paper Mache. There is a grid on the pattern that you can use to expand onto a large piece of particle board. This will give you the entire body ...more

How To : Start a fire with a battery and a staple

This young fellow demonstrates how to start a fire using a battery and a staple. He suggest you begin with a staple or any thin wire, a AA battery and a knife. On the negative terminal of the battery, he cuts off a piece of the insulation by following the small ring on the bat ...more

How To : Do a 16 inch layout on stud wall

Bob Schmidt from Home Remodel Workshop demonstrates how to frame a wall 16 inches on center. His tutorial is especially helpful, so pay attention to his tips, tricks, and specific techniques. When laying out a top and bottom plate for a typical wall a framing square is usuall ...more

Build a Home Arcade Machine : Part 1

Remember the arcades? Were you saddened when they closed up one by one, leaving no outlet to actually go out and socialize while you played video games? With all the home consoles and internet connectivity, gaming has evolved, but the social factor has been eliminated. Sure we ...more

How To : Make a Prank Stun-Baton

In this article, I'll show you how to make a portable prank stun-baton. Powered by static electricity, simply charge up the baton, and discharge it for a static surprise. The concept behind this device ties in with Leyden jars, and their tendencies to retain static electricity ...more

How To : Make a USB fan

If things are getting a bit stuffy at your desk, don’t fret. A cool breeze is just a USB slot away. Watch this video to learn how to make a USB fan. Step 1. Retrieve computer fan Look online or at your local computer-repair shop for a plastic computer-cooling fan. Or, disman ...more

How To : Save energy by insulating a garage door

The garage is the largest uninsulated part of the home. Make your garage energy efficient and help cut heating and cooling bills with a little insulation. Watch this how to video and learn how easy it is to use reflective foil or foam core to keep the effects of the weather ou ...more

News : SPLAT! Art Made from Everyday Household Items

Tom Friedman. One of my very favorite contemporary artists. Friedman injects the wonder into the humdrum. He creates magic from the unsuspected with his incredible sculptures assembled from simple, everyday materials. His materials have included: toilet paper, drinking straws ...more

How To : Repack a Motorcycle Muffler

Periodically, motorcycle and ATV exhaust system can be rebuilt to maintain the proper performance and sound level expected from the exhaust system. My experience was with a dirt bike that had an aftermarket high performance exhaust installed.I bought my 99 XR400 second hand an ...more

How To : Easily weather seal your garage door

If you have a garage door attached to your home, it's important to know that it's a space that needs proper insulation as well. Not doing so can lead to a room that is cold to walk into and can cause other rooms in your home to become cold as well. In this next tutorial, you'l ...more

Halloween HowTo : Behead Yourself Marie Antoinette Style

Nothing like a a little blood and gore to get in the Halloween spirit. Nicole Magne of Craftzine demonstrates how to make a convincingly grisly headless Marie Antoinette costume. Brush up on your basic sewing and sculpting skills before you get started. You Will Need Sewing ...more

How To : Install and insulate your exterior door

Exterior door insulation is essential to keep out the elements. Tim Carter of AsktheBuilder.com walks you through the steps to ensure that your exterior door is insulated properly. Your exterior door will be sealed tight if you follow Tim's insulation tips about fiberglass ins ...more

How To : Insulate raised floors and floors over garages

This video tutorial discusses high quality installation of home insulation procedures for raised floors and floors over garages. This video is a must-watch for all insulation contractors in California to ensure that they receive an energy compliance credit.

How To : Make roman columns out of plaster & kitty litter

To make roman columns, ideal to create space between door and living room. Materials required : Two 10 pound bags of kitty litter, Four small building forms with 8-inch diameter, one large building form with 10 inch diameter, insulation foam, Queen size bed sheet, duct tape, ...more

How To : Make a homemade pinhole camera

Want to create your own camera? The simplest one that you can create is a pinhole camera which can be constructed from everyday household items. The items required are: a knife, a pen, a pair of scissors, a black insulation tape, a normal tape, a juice box (one that is cuboid ...more

How To : Wiring a light fixture

Tim Carter demonstrates how to wire a light fixture or ceiling light. This is a great video to learn how to wire up a light quickly and safely. As a precaution, don’t touch any bare copper wire except for the ground wire. Most new light fixtures come with insulation to keep th ...more

How To : Make a larp safe throwing weapon out of foam

All you need is some 3/4 inch pipe insulation foam, 1 inch pipe insulation foam, rice filler, electrical tape and some blue camping foam. Layer the insulation foam, add some blue camping foam and then tape everything up and apply paint or Plasti-dip as desired.

How To : Make an Electric Firebolt

A lot of my hacks use salvaged parts from an old microwave, with the microwave oven transformer (MOT) being the most useful component. In this "Quick Clip," I'll be using a MOT again (a dual MOT stack) to make deadly flame-looking electricity jumping around midair. This scien ...more

How To : Replace a Neff oven door seal easily

Just like windows and doors, using the proper insulation or seals can help prevent valuable cold or warm air from leaving your home. The same holds true for oven doors. If you have a worn or broken seal, your oven may not warm up like it should and you can be wasting energy. ...more

How To : Keep ice cubes frozen longer for your next party

Ok, it’s not the biggest problem in the world, but an ice bucket full of water is a not-so-subtle hint that the party’s over. Make your cubes last until the final guest has had their fill. Watch this Howcast video to learn how to keep ice cubes frozen longer. You will need boi ...more

News : Dream Home...ummm...for Trolls and Treehuggers

This low impact woodland home in Wales is the cream of the crop. The woodland home was built entirely of natural materials, and best of all - only took 4 months and $5000 to complete. The design is ingenious, dug into a hillside for low visual impact and strong shelter. Straw ...more

How To : Insulate walls professionally

This video tutorial discusses high quality installation of wall insulation procedures. This is a must-watch for all home insulation contractors in California to ensure that they receive an energy compliance credit.

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